Across the UK many organisations have introduced holiday clubs to help support low income families during the school holidays.  Last summer, Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab undertook a snapshot survey into Holiday Meal and Activities in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on School Food’s Holiday Hunger Task Group. 

This summer, working with the APPG on Hunger, we ran a survey to help identify any growth in the number of projects or gaps in provision across the UK. This survey will then help the APPG on Hunger to inform government of the need for a more structured framework of support, policy and funding while at the same time highlighting the issue of child hunger in the UK.

This work will also help contribute to Frank Field’s School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill – which would require local authorities to facilitate the delivery of programmes that provide free meals and activities for children during the school holidays – it received its first reading on the 5 September.

To help build the case for policy, it is important that we have as strong an evidence base as possible to urge government to bring forward policy. We thank all of you who completed the survey.

Click here to read our paper based on the survey – ‘The impact of holiday clubs on household food insecurity—A pilot study’:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hsc.12507/full

Additional findings from the survey will be shared and published by the APPG on Hunger in partnership with Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab.

image from http://endhungeruk.org/filling-holiday-gap/